Joint Seminar on Construction Quality Monitoring Conducted
The School of Civil and Water Resources Engineering had held Seminar on “Construction Quality Improvement is it a matter of attitude or Technology?” The seminar was jointly organized by the school, Ethiopian Chapter of the American Concrete Society and Ethiopian Road Authority.
While welcoming guests and researchers at the Conference, School Director Dr. Seifu Admassu noted that construction quality is a critical issue for Ethiopia and the region at this specific time and also a hot issue that everybody discusses about. “The problem could be resolved by initiating a public discourse with government organization, contractors, consultants, individuals and students involved in the construction sector” said Dr. Seifu.
Chief Organizer of the conference, Ato Alemayhu Golla, Chair of Construction Technology, said the objective of the conference was to present and discuss current status, problems and solutions regarding construction quality in Ethiopia. More than 200 participants from the construction industry, academic staffs, graduate and undergraduate students had attended the seminar.
The speaker of the Seminar, Dr. Ephraim Senbetta is a visiting professor at AAU and the founder of the American Concrete Institute Ethiopian Chapter. In his talk Dr. Ephrem presented serious of questions as a starter for the ‘debate’. He draw attention to the three main drives of attitudes that are currently affecting construction quality: ‘we will fix it’, ‘we will clean it’ and ‘we will clean it’.
He iterated that if we aim to improve construction quality we need to fight the attitude of correcting later. Dr Ephraim’s argument was that the construction quality problem in Ethiopia is more of attitudinal than lack of technological skill. Interestingly, the speaker also argue that quality improves profitability to the construction sector. Reflections were forwarded from participants, mentioning the timeliness of the platform.
Participant appreciated that the organizing members initiative for the platform and expressed their hope to have such kind of forum in the future. In closing the discussion the school director has appreciated the effort made by Dr. Ephraim Senbetta for his time and dedication to share his ample experience to our staff and community from the construction sector. The seminar was sponsored by Ethiopian Road Authority.
A warm welcome to the second cohort of PhD students!
On a second round call for PhD students the school of Civil and Water Resources Engineering had selected four students. For the first time since the program was launched a female student had become one of the selected applicants. The students will complete a 12 credit hour of course work before starting their research.